Yes, parking fees still apply.
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Yes! Please view the map located on the parking homepage to see all parking locations and enforcement hours. The North Pleasant Street lot near CVS has an 8-hour limit. Several other lots allow 4-hour parking. See the Parking Maps page for more details.
Yes, the Town has partnered with ParkMobile for making paying for parking as quick and easy as possible. Click here to find out more information.
Contact Parking Administration at 413-259-3020
Free parking is offered all day Sunday and anytime outside of enforcement hours. Enforcement hours can be found on the parking homepage. Anyone can park for free in areas designated as Town of Amherst Permit Parking between 5 PM and 8 AM and on Sundays. These permit areas can be found here. Parking is also free on the holidays listed below:
As of November 19, 2022, The Town has approved the Amherst Business Improvement District's request for free parking at all meters and metered spaces in Downtown Amherst on Saturdays starting after Thanksgiving and running through Christmas, in celebration of Small Business Saturdays during the Holiday Season.
Parking at all Town lots and meters in Downtown Amherst will be free on the following Saturdays:
Please be mindful of posted time limits or other posted parking restrictions such as handicapped parking spaces, loading zones, etc.
1. Watch for the flashing blue lights over busy intersections in Town.
2. Visit our website, www.amherstma.gov, to stay up-to-date on the latest announcements, news flashes and alerts.
3. Follow us on Social Media (Facebook & Twitter).
4. Sign up for Emergency Parking Alerts in your language of choice by clicking here or simply text the word Parking to 38276 from your mobile device for a quick sign-up option.
For questions, please reach out to Parking Administration at 413-259-3020.
Information on old outstanding parking violations can be obtained by calling Parking Administration at 413-259-3020.
Yes, everyone has 21 days from date of ticket violation to either pay or appeal the parking violation. Appeals must be submitted to our office in writing and can be made via:
Parking Appeals cannot be made via the telephone.
Per Massachusetts Law Chapter 90, section 20A-20E, all tickets must be paid within 21 days. A $15.00 late fee is added on the 22nd day. If your ticket remains unpaid, your license and/or registration may be marked for nonrenewal with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Yes, permits are available for those who live or work in Downtown Amherst. Permits are available for purchase , If you are interested in obtaining a parking permit, please visit our Permit Parking page for more information.
Permitted Parking is marked Downtown Amherst by blue signs. Permit season runs from September 1st - May 31st.
The North Pleasant Street lot and Ann Whalen lot (behind Ann Whalen Apartments against the fence) are often under utilized and may be a good location to check if you are having difficulty finding parking.